Fitness Trackers 4U | 4A Healthier U

What is a Fitness Tracker

Also called Activity Trackers is a device worn on the wrist that measures walking, running and biking distances among other activities. Fitness trackers  take measurements of your activity levels. A fitness tracker can take many other measurements as well which I call add-on features. All or some will take  a combination of calories burned, distance, heart-rate, sleep activity, stop watch, steps taken, floors climbed, oxygen levels for indicated fitness activities. Some will even tell you the time. But that feature is usually used in smartwatches. There are other tools available like music controls, pulse oximeters, heart rate and Vo2  max monitors. I call those the add-on features. These tools can be very useful for competitive athletes as well as the regular Joe’s who just want to improve their health and fitness levels. Fitness trackers connect through Bluetooth connections that transfer your measurement data to a smartphone app on a mobile device that compiles the data into a readable format for the end user.

Fitbit Charge 4

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The Fitbit Charge 4 is a fitness tracker that comes with GPS to easily track you as you progress trough your walks, runs, workouts, bike rides and swims. It also monitors your heart rate and sleep. The Fitbit has no watch, you will need a smartwatch for that.

The Fitbit Charge 4 uses Bluetooth 4.0 for data transfer and has a battery life of up to 7 days. It has a 5 hour battery life capacity when using the GPS continuously. But you can shut off the GPS when not in use thus,extending your battery life. The Fitbit Charge 4 is water resistant for up to 50 meters in water and also resistant to dirt and moisture. It is not recommended for hot tub or sauna use.

Fitbit Pay is another feature that comes with the Fitbit Charge 4. It is another name for NFC Pay. NFC stands for Near Field Communication. What is does is allow you to pay through using a contactless payment solution.  So, when you get your Fitbit really close to a electronic payment terminal a digital payment is done.

Digital music streams are also available for this device. But music controls only work through the Spotify streaming app. So for example, If you go for a bike ride, you keep your iOS or Android device in your fanny pack  and control your music through the Fitbit device on your wrist.

Garmin Vivosmart 4

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This fitness tracker has a GPS that connects to your compatible smartphone but does so much more. The Garmin Vivosmart 4 is considered waterproof to 40 meters. This devices uses Bluetooth 4.0 for data transfers and has a battery life of 7 days.

This fitness tracker comes with a sleep monitor, pulse oximeter, heart rate monitor, tracks stress, maximal oxygen uptake and more tools to help estimate your body functions during your workouts. Activity timers are featured for use in strength training, yoga, walks, runs, bike rides, swimming pool laps and other activities.

All notifications will trigger a vibration alert to tell you when texts or calls come in. You can also set a vibration alert for the other tools that are available on the the Vivosmart 4.

Use the GPS to connect with your compatible smartphones to accurately track your walks, runs or bike adventures…The next versions will even make your favorite cup of coffee…Hey. A man can dream, can’t he?

Fitbit Inspire HR

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Run, bike, swim, treadmill, weights, interval workouts, this is what the Fitbit Inspire HR measures. The HR stands for heart rate. And that functionality sets it apart from its predecessor the aptly named Fitbit Inspire.

A relaxation app helps guide your breathing exercises and its timers with either do a stopwatch or countdown, no interval timers. This fitness tracker has a great vibration alarm to wake light and medium sleepers. Heavy sleepers, I am not sure but is it worth a try? I say a resounding, yes.

The Fitbit Inspire HR also connects to your smartphone GPS. The heart rate data is downloaded to your smartphone app and will show time spent in various heart zones, like cardio, peak and fat burn. The smartphone app will then take this data and compile a graph so you can look at  it and analyze your data.

The claimed battery life is 5 days, but it’s less with the notification alerts on. The Fitbit Inspire HR also has an auto on and off feature that will allow you to extend your battery to its claimed maximum battery life.

It does lack an altimeter so it won’t count floors, but will count the steps. If you want an altimeter you should look at the Fitbit Charge 3 or the Fitbit Charge 4.

This tracker gives a lot of value for the price. I give this device a huge thumbs up.

LETSCOM Fitness Tracker HR

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For those maybe looking for an inexpensive launchpad into the fitness tracker world, let me introduce to you the Letscom Fitness Tracker. I chose this one for its reasonably high ratings of 4 out 5 stars from about 5,000 users. So I thought that this fitness tracker would be the perfect solution for the beginner fitness enthusiast and for the whole family. This tracker is made to fit men, women and children.

The Letscom Fitness Tracker HR has an IP Rating of IP67. That rating means that this is basically impervious to dust and can resist water immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1 meter.

This unit also incorporates alarms, a pedometer, a heart rate monitor, a sleep monitor, call & SMS notification alerts and a camera control into its repertoire of tricks. And it can also track 14 different sports activities.

You get all this for a pittance of a price. You can get four of these for the price of the Garmin or the Fitbit Inspire HR. If you are new to the world of fitness trackers the Letscom would be a great place to start a fitness journey for yourself or with the family.

Conclusion

All of these Fitness Trackers have something that can fit a particular users wants and needs, be it a feature, style or price. These trackers I’ve showcased are only a small amount of available fitness trackers that are currently available in the market now. Many are recognized brands that have been around for awhile, others are new brands trying to break in to the industry. The most important decision belongs to you. Which one fits your activity lifestyle the best.

 

 

12 thoughts on “Fitness Trackers 4U | 4A Healthier U

  1. Wow…. finally a great article to break down the different products. Any time I shop for something it is hard to know where to start. Yours really hits on all of the benefits and features. Someone like me needs a long battery life and you hit right on it…. Thanks!

  2. To be honest, I’m not much of an athlete, but I do my daily walks an some exercising around three times a week.
    So far I used my iPhone app to track my activity. It is so-so when I wear something with pockets, I slide the phone in.
    However, now with nice weather I often have not a piece of clothes on that has a pocket, so I end up holding the phone in my hand. It is rather uncomfortable, as I fear it might slip out of my hand.
    So, this information came very timely for me.
    I’m mostly familiar with Garmin as a manufacturer, as we have their GPRS and a few more gadgets from them.
    The cup-of-coffee-making certainly outweighs the surcharge for the Gold/Berry band. Is there one that can do grocery shopping for me?

    1. Hello Kerryanne,

      I am waiting for the one that can wash and wax my car…lol!!!

      Fitness trackers are great for those not wanting to carry their smartphones around. They sync or trade data when they are nearby and when you activate your smartphone app. But fitness trackers don’t need a smartphone either as they are built to handle the data locally to your fitness tracker. I hope this answers your question.

      Regards,
      Courtney-

  3. I usually time my workouts. Those workouts are weightlifting and sprints with racquetball played 2 times per week. I’ve seen other people using fitness trackers and found your article informing. This is a product I’ll look at closer as it will show me how much I’m doing with each workout.

  4. Dang, these are nice. I have a different one, don’t remember the name, but looks-wise these are STELLAR. I would get one in a heartbeat. Which one is your personal favorite?

    1. Hey AJ,

      I personally have an older model Fitbit that I used for 6 years before I lost it in a men’s store dressing room. Because of the longevity of my old Fitbit I have a penchant for Fitbit. All of the devices that I have showcased have at least a 4 out of 5 star rating. Out of the ones I showcased I trust the Fitbit and Garmin the highest.

  5. Hey Courtney,

    Fitness trackers are indeed the trend right now.

    Used to have the Fitbit Charge 4 and was honestly durable! Interesting to know the functionalities of different ones in a single article.

    Cheers.
    SAM

  6. I was shopping for fitness tracker and did not know which way to go. Your article helped tremendously. Thank you for the information. I have all the information needed to make my purchase now.

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